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Meet Jason Chaffetz: The congressman who wants to be House speaker

Meet Jason Chaffetz: The congressman who wants to be House speaker

The Republican congressman challenging Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House is a familiar face on cable television and to his 93,600 Twitter followers.

But who exactly is Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah? Here are five things to know about the man who would be House speaker:

He was tea party before the tea party

Elected to Congress in 2008 when Barack Obama won the presidency, Chaffetz was a conservative upstart challenger to a sitting GOP congressman -- a tea party-like figure before the tea party wave of 2010. He easily made inroads in the ruby-red Utah congressional district south and east of Salt Lake City, especially with his...

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